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Felt Team cancels contract with Martinez

By:
Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor
Published:
April 09, 2009, 0:00 BST,
Updated:
April 22, 2009, 18:15 BST
Edition:
MTB news & racing round-up for April 9, 2009
Miguel Martinez

Miguel Martinez

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The Felt International Team announced on Tuesday that it had cancelled the contract of 33-year-old...

The Felt International Team announced on Tuesday that it had cancelled the contract of 33-year-old Miguel Martinez "due to unbridgeable differences".

In a statement, the team said, "The athlete behaved inexcusably and violated his contract. He is dismissed effective immediately." Therefore, Martinez will not compete at the World Cup opener in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa this weekend.

Martinez was convicted of assault against his wife on Tuesday and punished with a four-month suspended prison sentence by a court in Draguignan according to the AFP. He was banned from going near his wife or having any contact with her. The Frenchman has been in court or in mediation several times over the past two years for violent incidents.

Martinez was the cross country world champion and the Olympic champion in 2000.

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